Roanoke Island http://wunc.org en Roanoke Island Festival Park Faces Uncertain Future http://wunc.org/post/roanoke-island-festival-park-faces-uncertain-future <p>The history-themed <a href="http://roanokeisland.com/">Roanoke Island Festival Park </a>on the Outer Banks may have an uncertain future. Two years ago, lawmakers passed a bill that stipulated the park be self-supporting by 2015. The bill called for systematic reductions in state funding to the site over the next 4 years. That gradual implementation was overlooked in the budget proposal Governor Pat McCrory submitted this year - and instead slashed all funding. So far this session, the general assembly shows no signs of reinstating it. Wed, 29 May 2013 21:04:06 +0000 Catherine Brand 16231 at http://wunc.org Roanoke Island Festival Park Faces Uncertain Future Roanoke Island's Lost Colony To Receive Tony Honor http://wunc.org/post/roanoke-islands-lost-colony-receive-tony-honor <p>The North Carolina outdoor drama <em><a href="http://thelostcolony.org/">The Lost Colony</a></em> has been tapped for a 2013 <a href="http://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/news/articles/2013-04-23/201304231366754838935.html">Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre</a>. &nbsp;With 75 seasons under its belt, the yearly production on Roanoke Island began in the summer of 1937 and has continued almost every year since. It is the longest-running symphonic drama in the country. This video shows clips from the play:</p><p>http://youtu.be/K_cC8Vif-9A</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Laura Candler & Catherine Brand 14365 at http://wunc.org Roanoke Island's Lost Colony To Receive Tony Honor Exhibit Opens on Roanoke Island's Role in Civil War http://wunc.org/post/exhibit-opens-roanoke-islands-role-civil-war <p>An exhibit about Roanoke Island's role in the Civil War opens at the Outer Banks Visitor Center today. Curator Kaeli Schurr says capturing the island was an important part of the strategy for both the confederacy and the union.<br><br><strong>Kaeli Schurr: </strong>After a long summer of both sides training troops and devising military strategy, both knew that whoever would be able to control the supply lines would control all of eastern North Carolina. And that led then to being able to disrupt the supply lines from Wilmington up to the Confederate capital in Richmond.<br> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:36:00 +0000 Catherine Brand 3167 at http://wunc.org Stingray Encounters Spike at Corolla Beach http://wunc.org/post/stingray-encounters-spike-corolla-beach <p></p><p>This summer saw a big jump in the number of people who were stung by stingrays off the coast of Corolla on the Outer Banks. Ocean Rescue officials say the usual number of stings is between one and five. But this year, there were 70 to 100. Olivia Burrus is the curator at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. She's says the stingrays may have found a lot of food in the area.<br> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 7475 at http://wunc.org Stingray Encounters Spike at Corolla Beach